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Greece seeks emergency EU meeting on Turkey: PM

Turkey and Greece have been stuck in an ongoing feud [Getty]

Date of publication: 11 August, 2020

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Greece has requested an emergency meeting to discuss an ongoing row with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Greece wants the EU to hold an emergency foreign ministers' meeting, the prime minister's office said on Tuesday amid a burgeoning row with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.

"The foreign minister (will) request an emergency meeting of the European Union foreign affairs council," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' office said.

The row flared on Monday when Ankara sent the research ship Oruc Reis off the Greek island of Kastellorizo, where Turkey disputes Greek maritime rights.

Marine tracking on Tuesday located the vessel southeast of the island of Crete. It is escorted by a Turkish navy flotilla and shadowed by Greek warships.

Turkey has announced the Oruc Reis would carry out activities between August 10 and 23.

Energy exploration in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean is a frequent source of tension between Turkey and a bloc of its neighbours including Greece, Cyprus and Israel.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday conferred with his military chiefs and spoke with EU Council President Charles Michel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Sunday called Turkey's actions "extremely worrying" and a recipe for "greater antagonism and distrust".

Stoltenberg urged respect for international law during talks on Monday with the Greek premier.

"The situation must be resolved in a spirit of Allied solidarity and in accordance with international law," Stoltenberg tweeted.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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